The Temenos Young Scholars met at The Kilns in Oxfordshire for another day of exploration, meeting students and academics of the Humanities, and attending seminar presentations.
Temenos’ own Grevel Lindop, who is a poet, writer and former Professor of Romantic and Early Victorian Studies at Manchester university gave a seminar entitled ‘Charles Williams, The Third Inkling’.
In the early afternoon, the mid-twentieth-century charms of the C.S Lewis House were explored during the tour of a building which had cradled many literary endeavors and friendships. This was followed by a walk of the nearby common. Having been the home to a small Christian community of scholars and writers, the place and its current inhabitants seemed to glow with a kinship and warmth, intimating one of the principles of The Temenos Academy, of understanding tradition as continual renewal.
Later in the day, a speech was given on Memories of Hugo Dyson and Owen Barfield, written by Julia Cleave and Owen A. Barfield. Ms. Cleave is a Fellow of the Temenos Academy who studied with Hugo Dyson at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford. Mr. Barfield is the grandson of the Inkling of the same name and his literary executor.
Jakub Betinsky (Durham University) gave a Young Scholars’ Talk inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien, presenting on:
Right Imagination in ‘On Fairy Stories’
To echo Francis Warner’s statement from A Blessing on C.S Lewis’sHome in Oxford, TheKilns:
‘So, may the warm hospitality and environment of The Kilns bring the blessing of such union and fellowship … It is a living inspiration’
In May 2018, the Temenos Academy joined the Saint Damien Community in Leuven, Belgium, for a weekend on Religious Thought in Today’s World. The conference brought together interdisciplinary approaches from theology and philosophy to reflect on the place of religious thought in an increasingly secular world. From mysticism to ethics, sacred poetry to metaphysics, the overarching aim of the conference was to present a vision that affirms the unique contribution of sacred thought to the world.
The Keynote lectures were:
Prof. William Desmond; Superiority beyond Interiority: Augustinian Thoughts on Default Atheism and the Intimate Universal
Prof. John Alonso Dick; Made in America Christian Fundamentalism
Dr. Joseph Milne; Society and the Desire for the Good
Valentin Gerlier; Language, Wonder and Adoration
Moderated panel sessions, given by students of the Saint Damien Community and the Temenos Academy took place during each afternoon:
Metaphysics of Tradition – Jonathan Culbreath
Normalising Maori Spirituality in New Zealand – Jack Goldingham Newson
Re-Grounding the Modern Soul in Poetry – Adele Guyton
Fear and Wonder: Narrative and Religious Mediations – James Gayaldo
Film Seeking Undersanding: Can Film Elicit Religious Experience – Sebastian Temlett
‘What is it that I love when I love my God?’ (conf. 10.6): Love of God, Love of Self, and the Saeculum in Augustine and Bernard – Pablo Irizar
Mother of Love: Deification as Motherhood in the Writing of Hadewijch – Lydia Shahan
The Bérullian Jesuit: Henri de Lubac – Rick Perry
What is Prophecy? – Alex Ferrant
Can Husserl find Truth in Today’s World? – Eli Hage
Lonergan’s Fidelity to Aquinas’ Metaphysics: A Comparison of Lonergans’s Notion of ‘Body’ and Aquinas’ Notion of ‘Essence.’ – Kyle Norris
Maria presents a series of reflections on Friendship and Charity as they are brought to us by the European Classical Christian Tradition. Platonic and Aristotelian views which show how Friendship is the seat of personal and public life are explored. This topic, which seems so apparent and natural to us, is shown to have many rich, even elusive, qualities!
Kamil shows how professional and emanating Folly act in generative ways throughout Shakespeare’s King Lear, and makes recourse to Renaissance scholarship. The talk is available as a recording and in essay form:
Aristel explores contemporary meanings of Sovereignty in Political and Academic spheres in light of the UK’s membership of the EU. The re-emerging of the word ‘sovereign’ into debates, especially in the UK but also around the world, is considered and related to the bigger picture of Community and the Political Whole.
On the Summer of 2017 we came together as a group of young philosophers, artists, musicians and poets for a day of learning and discussion. The day was themed Making A Good Society and was explored from angles of Ancient Philosophy, poets and playwrights, contemporary debates of Political Philosophy and Traditional Art.
Talks were given by Valentin Gerlier and Dr Joseph Milne who teach regularly at the Temenos Academy and are both members of its Academic Board. Recordings of their talks are posted here.
Valentin Gerlier: the Good Society and the Poets
Dr Joseph Milne: The Cosmos, Earth and City
The Day was organized by Young Scholars Sebastian Arnold, a student at Kings College London; Aristel Skrbic, a student at KU Leuven; and Kamil Sawicki. It was held at St James Senior Boy’s School in Ashford, Surrey, a school which offers a distinctive philosophical education and a venue generously made available.